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I've had 'glue ear' for about 20 years! Help/ Advice wanted

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  • Posted By: katelouise88
  • September 14, 2008
  • 00:17 PM

I am almost 21 years old and pretty much since I was a baby have been experiencing ear problems. Like many children, I suffered from 'glue ear' (fluid in the eustachian tubes which cannot drain out by itself due to the thin/ horizontal eustachian tubes that children generally have) and a few times had to have surgery where grommet (sp?) tubes were inserted in my ears to help drain the fluid. Approximately 20 years on and I am still suffering from this problem! I have had about ten surgeries throughout my lifetime of my ear specialist inserting all kinds of permanent and non permanent tubes to drain the fluid out. But whenever I get sick my ear fills with fluid and cannot unblock! I recently suffered a sniffly cold and now my left ear is so blocked I can't hear a thing! I've tried holding my nose and blowing, nasal spray, snorting salt water, decongestants, everything! I cannot unblock this ear and I'm really reluctant to go back to my specialist to have yet ANOTHER surgery. Does anyone have any advice or thoughts on the issue, any ways to unblock fluid-filled eustachian tubes? Anyone who suffers the same thing and has to have surgery every 1-2 years to drain the fluid out? Help!

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  • katelouise88:There is a product available now called the "Ear Popper". It's not cheap (~$235.00), and needs a prescription in order to buy it. Take a look at www.earpopper.com....It is meant to help with your kind of condition.Hope this provides a bit of help!Robert
    yorkere 5 Replies
    • September 23, 2008
    • 04:20 AM
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  • My left ear was plugged up with fluid in the middle ear for about 3 weeks but I finally got it to pop. I had been to the doctors, checked the web for remedies and tried many of the things folks have tried but no luck. Now I may have just gotten lucky, but you might also find this is a possible solution. It occurred to me while sucking on a cough drop that if can help open airways in my lungs, why not the eustachian tubes? After all it's an airway right? Desperate, I figured it was worth a shot. (No, I didn't put cough drops in my ear!) Anyway, what I did was take several deep breaths through my mouth to get my breath as mentholated as I could, I then pinched my nose, closed my mouth and blew. It only took a moderate amount of pressure and the ear popped. I could actually feel towards the back of my throat, the sensation of the air travelling up the tube. Once the eusatchian tube was open enough for the ear to pop, it was then free to drain. Give it a shot and good luck, just be careful not to blow too hard! I suggest using a good strong cough drop with Menthol. I'd be interested in knowing if it works. If so please post! Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2008
    • 04:41 AM
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  • Im 20 years old and have the worst ears for my age. Ive been diagnosed with Chronic Serous Otis Media. Big name I know. When I was younger I always has earaches, double earaches, ear infections, swimmers ear... etc. I remember it like it was yesterday, when I was 10 years old my ears popped and I couldnt ear, and never unpopped. I had drainage like no other, and I was dizzy all the time.I went to the ENT in 2006 and had my hearing tested, and a cat scan, he said I was fine. I knew I wasnt fine so I went for a second opinion. My doctor now, tested me and actually got into a legal problem with my old doctor because he found I had my Chronic Serous Otis Media, and I was 64% deaf in my right ear, and 45% deaf in my left ear. Since then, its gotten worse. Ive had 9 surgeries and now Im 85%deaf in my right ear and 55% deaf in my left. The fluid problem is unbelieveable. I also have a seizure disorder, so its really scary when I get dizzy because I dont know whether its my seizure problem, or my equilbrium off balance because of my ears. I just got my hearing aids ordered and am scheduled for a tenth surgery in January. Its ***l not hearing and having this fluid problem. My advice to everyone is that if you are having any ear problems and think somethings really wrong and the doctors keep telling you youre fine, get a second opinion, or a third... because you dont want to be like me, and find out too late.
    staceyc1123 7 Replies
    • November 22, 2008
    • 04:45 AM
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  • If you find anything positive please let me know. I am 41 years old and my doctor told me I had glue ear about 10 years ago. It's not painful but it is annoying. My ears itch alot & I've had severe ear aches since childhood along with severe sinus problems. I usually get sinus infections twice per year and am constantly digging out the build-up with a q-tip so if you find out anything please let me know...David
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2010
    • 00:53 AM
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  • i know what you mean i live in ohio and i am from a very small town,there is only a couple of doctors here. i been having trouble for over a month now with my ears. severe pain and cant get them to pop i can hear but drums arent pressurizing as they should.they insist i have no infection and that i have no fluid in there. it took me a month just to get them to agree to a ct scan. i am scared cause my hearing isvery important to me. but they just shrug me off and dont seem to care. the ent actually had the nerve to tell me he thought i was crazy. i have done nothing but pace the floor and cry for a month...there has to be a problem! evryday i wake up and hope i will be normal but everyday the same, your ears dont stop pressuizing for no reason. any advice anyone on here could give me i would be very grateful! thanks and god bless each of you and i pray he heals and touches each and everyone of you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2010
    • 10:06 PM
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  • PLEASE anyone with constant pain in their ears, which a doctor has seen and said no infection, DEMAND a kidney function test.After 3 mths of pain and dizzy spells, and being told there was nothing wrong, I was advised by a chinese practioner, that my kidneys were under stress. Doc did test, and told me my kidneys were functioning at less than 20%. NO advice or help was offered, so I went to a Naturopath, who gave me herbs supplements, which stopped the ear pain + dizzy spells, in 1 day (+ sore kidneys which Id been ignoring).Next test 2 wks later showed improvement, tho still only @59 (NORMAL IS 80-120) CAN ONLY PRESUME DOC WAS GOING TO MONITOR FUNCTION TILL I NEEDED DIALYSIS.
    gypsygirl 18 Replies
    • December 25, 2010
    • 00:25 AM
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  • 1) ear infections are caused by cows milk.2) ear pain which has been seen by a doctor, and told nothing is wrong, in my experience, turned out to be failing kidneys. Once treated by a Naturopath, the pain/dizzy spells went overnight.
    gypsygirl 18 Replies
    • December 25, 2010
    • 01:01 AM
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